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Alice Springs accommodation

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Alice Springs accommodation

The Alice Springs Student Accommodation (ASSA) provides accommodation for CDU students, students from other universities undertaking placement, CDU staff and visiting guests, and groups.

We offer single and  twin share rooms across two houses, as well as communal kitchen areas, a self-service laundry and access to WiFi.

Accommodation in Alice Springs


ASSA is a business enterprise of Charles Darwin University (CDU). Construction began in 2009 and the facility was officially opened to the public for operation in March 2011. ASSA’s day-to-day operations is managed from International House Darwin (IHD).

Rooms, fees and rules

ASSA aims to increase student participation by providing an accommodation facility that is cost-effective, safe, secure, accessible, and conducive to academic achievement, and intellectual inquiry whilst aiming to contribute to the social, cultural, and intellectual development of all residents. Please note there is a minimum two-night stay.

For more information about the accommodation facility please contact us on T: 08 8959 5295.

Accommodation packages

Twin-share ensuite room

  • two single beds
  • two built-in desks
  • wardrobes
  • reverse cycle air-conditioning
  • ensuite bathroom
  • bar fridge
  • pillows
  • sheets
  • blankets
  • television
  • WiFi via CDU Network
  • towels
  • toilet paper.

Please note: If reservations permit, guests may apply for single occupancy.

Disabled access room

  • one single bed
  • one built-in desk
  • wardrobes
  • reverse cycle air-conditioning
  • ensuite bathroom
  • bar fridge
  • pillows
  • sheets
  • blankets
  • television
  • WiFi via CDU Network 
  • towels
  • toilet paper.

Shared kitchen

  • pots
  • pans
  • crockery
  • cutlery
  • dishwashing liquid
  • sponges
  • bin liners
  • towels.

BBQ area

  • two electric BBQs
  • table tennis table
  • seating area.


  • front loading washing machine
  • electric clothes dryer.

ASSA provides its guests with a secure parking area.

How to apply

If you are an individual guest, please complete an online application for residence via the CDU housing portal. The Accommodation Supervisor will be in contact with you within 48 hours of your submission. If you are under 18 years of age, you are also required to complete the Parental Consent Form. Applications will not be processed unless all the required information has been provided.

If you are booking on behalf of or part of a group, please complete the Booking Form and send it through to the Accommodation Supervisor.  

If you are experiencing difficulty please contact one of our Guest Services Officers.

ASSA has been designed as a twin-share facility to provide the best value accommodation option for students and staff attending the Alice Springs campus for short stays. However, if reservations permit, students and staff may apply to reserve two beds to obtain single occupancy.

Online application for residence

The University reserves the right to select residents based on information provided in their application and on information acquired from previous stays at any University student accommodation facility.

Please note: Availability is limited and advance bookings and full payment is required to confirm a reservation.

Twin-share occupancy$45 per night 
Sole occupancy $90 per night
Long-term rate (28 consecutive nights or more) $200 per week twin-share or $270 per week sole occupancy
Bond$200 per person
After hour arrival fee$70
Cancellation fees 
Within 48 hours of arrival time$50
Day of arrivalEquivalent two nights’ accommodation charge
No show or cancellation after arrival dateAccommodation owed up to the point of notification plus two nights accommodation
Lockout fee between
5pm - 8am
Replacement/unreturned key$20


Once your reservation is confirmed you are required to pay in full. If this is not possible, please discuss a payment plan with the Accommodation Supervisor.

How to pay

Cash payments can be made at the info shop, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.

Credit card and debit card payments can be made via CDU webpay.

Cancellation policy

Please read the Terms and Conditions for Short Term Residency Policy to familiarise yourself with ASSA's cancellation policy and conditions of stay.

If you are booking on behalf of a group of 10 or more guests, please refer to the Group Booking Confirmation and Cancellation Terms and Conditions.

Refund of bond

ASSA retains a bond of $200 for the entirety of your stay. The bond will be refunded after your departure date and is usually processed within ten business days of the refund form being received.

Please complete the refund form ensuring the refund method selected is the same as the original payment method. Please email the refund form to

Office opening hours

The ASSA office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm.

The Resident Handbook will also provide you with more information about ASSA.

Arriving at ASSA

Upon arrival at the Alice Springs campus please call the ASSA Supervisor on 08 8959 5295 to arrange to check in to your room.


Check-in time is between 2 pm - 6 pm.

If your check-in time is anticipated to be later than 6 pm please contact the ASSA Accommodation Supervisor to make alternative arrangements.


Check-out time is strictly 9 am unless prior arrangements have been made with ASSA staff.

Your card key access will cease at 9 am on your departure date. You can leave your room access key in your room upon departure.

Security and other matters

Outside normal office hours, security staff can help you with any security issues that may arise, including lockouts, noise complaints, medical incidents, or other related issues. 

The ASSA Accommodation Supervisor is available for any other urgent issues including maintenance.

Please note: Room lockouts occurring between 5 pm and 8 am incur a $70 charge.

  • Ensure your room is always locked when unattended, even if you are only making a quick trip to the bathroom.
  • Don't leave valuables such as laptops, wallets, keys, and bicycles unsecured or unattended at any time.
  • Don't leave laundry in common areas or public places.
  • The University/ASSA takes no responsibility for your possessions.

Key cards

You will be issued with a key card which provides access to your room and the common areas in your house. All key cards must be returned to ASSA when departing or the charge for a non-returned key will be deducted from the bond held.

The replacement key card fee is charged at $20 for each key card lost or not returned.


Student residences code of conduct

The University is committed to providing a residential environment conducive to study at all times, including a place for people to live while studying. Please read the CDU (Student Residences) By-Laws and CDU Governance Document Library.


The University is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning and working environment. ASSA aims to ensure all students and staff are safe from sexual assault and sexual harassment. Please read the CDU Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy.

Residential terms and conditions

Please make yourself aware of our Residential Agreements and Terms and Conditions policies.

ASSA Resident Handbook

This Resident Handbook (PDF, 2.69 MB) is designed to provide guests with helpful information about ASSA and the services provided.


Shelley Lorkin
Accommodation Supervisor
T: 08 8959 5295

Jade Kurray
Accommodation Supervisor
T: 08 8959 5295

Shelley coordinates the day-to-day operational functions of ASSA.

Kat Dittmer 
Business and Property Manager

Based at International House Darwin (IHD) on the Casuarina campus, Cathryn oversees finance, business, human resources, and property functions within Accommodation Services, including KSA, IHD and Alice Springs Student Accommodation (ASSA)

Philip Mosely
Manager, Accommodation Services

Based at IHD on the Casuarina campus, Philip oversees the management of accommodation facilities offered by CDU in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs. 


To help us improve our services, we encourage you to provide feedback on your stay at ASSA. 

To help us improve our services we encourage you to provide feedback on your stay. Please complete the anonymous online survey.

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